by Greg Spearritt
The list of topics and speakers for our 2013 SoFiA Conference, Religion & Sex, is now finalised:
See our for the registration form and more information.
‘The sexy ape’
Professor Glen McBride is Emeritus Professor of Social Ethology in the Animal Behaviour Unit (Psychology Department) at the University of Queensland. Glen is author of The Genesis Chronicles: The evolution of humankind (Allen & Unwin, 2000) and in 2012 he published on the evolution of consciousness. He has also published a popular book for The Readers Digest on Animal Families.
‘Hope: the chequered history of sex and the Church’
Dr Steven Ogden is Principal of St Francis Theological College Brisbane, as well as an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University. He is formerly Dean of St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide. His latest book is a popular work called Love Upside Down: Life, Love and the Subversive Jesus (O-Books, 2011). He is presently writing an academic work on freedom, power and the Church.
‘Trust betrayed: sexual abuse in religious settings’
Professor Stephen Smallbone is a psychologist and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Director of Griffith Youth Forensic Service and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He has authored and co-authored many articles and books concerned with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse against children. These include ‘Religious affiliations among adult sexual offenders’ (2006); Situational prevention of child sexual abuse (2006); Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence, policy and practice (2008); and Internet child pornography: Causes, investigation and prevention (2012).
‘Religion and sex in contemporary Australia’
Dr Leslie Cannold is an award-wining author and columnist, as well as a qualified ethicist and researcher currently based at the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit at Monash Uni. In 2011, Leslie won an EVA award for responsible media reporting and was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year. Her latest book, now in its second printing, is an historical novel, The Book of Rachael (Text, 2012).